Understanding Kaleidoscopes and Mirrors

There's a time for everyone if they only learn that the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn. . .

I have hope inside is not a heart but a kaleidoscope

Sometimes it seems like you're in way over your head

Other days bring only minor challenges instead

Still, you look around and wonder who really cares?

Who really notices when you're not even there?

Well I notice, I care, and I am here

For you are my reflection in the mirror

No, you do not have to be exactly like me

It is still my reflection that I see


When your world feels like it's falling apart

Look down deep inside, find the light there in our heart

And let it shine ever so bright

Reflecting love back into the darkened night

There for all who love to see, it shows

A brilliant mosaic ever changing as it grows

It twists and turns, shifts and bends

But all the while it never ends


Remember this when communication fails

The kaleidoscope of love always prevails

Perspective sometimes has a way of being skewed

As every single one has his or her own point of view

There is beauty, though, in that too

Another color added, another precious hue

There I am with you and there you are with me

Our friendship creating its own special kind of beauty




Real life is the hardest impression. It's always moving so I let it come through.

© 2014 Shannon

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Eric.


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ImKarn23 2 years ago

This is sooo awesome, Shan! Comparing life to the colors of a kaleidescope shattering and coming together as something unexpected and new..

love it!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi, Leslie! Glad you love it.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Very profound and thought-provoking poem :)


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Martie!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

It's food for thought as well as lovely words.

Years ago I, too, wrote about kaleidoscopes, from a different perspective . . . .

Kaliedoscope

Blue - green - red - orange,

Shapeless colored glass,

No rhythm of its own,

A pile of nothingness.. . .

That which starts to mold it, -

Active and passive forces, -

Are movement and reflection,

Inner and outer resources.. . .

Perfect as a crystal,

A form they will reveal,

Or wispy as a flake of snow,

And changing like a reel.. . .

Components?

Still just random glass,

Now varied in expression

Like life within a human soul

Proceeds with its progression.

And of its basic stuff

Itself is always made

While movement and reflection

Determine how it's played.

____© Nellieanna H. Hay

1966


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Apologies for brevity. (Easy to copy & paste the poem, - considerably easier than to write & scroll at present.)

Hope you don't mind a poem older than you are.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Nellieanna, you know that I don't mind poetry of any kind! That one, though, is nearly as old as my mother (1963). ;) And no need for apologies. I've had nothing much to say lately, it seems, and have been leaving even shorter comments all over the place. haha. Your poem is also thought provoking and interesting and probably compares life to a kaleidoscope better than mine. Leslie should read yours! I am glad you came by, but I hope you feel better sooner rather than later and that the condition does not continue to worsen.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Loved the poem and subject. Great Blackhawk song too I had never heard! Love them. Up and shared.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Jackie. I love that song. I've wanted to use it in a hub for awhile. It doesn't mention kaleidoscopes, but it seemed to fit. I love the chorus. Did you know Blackhawk is releasing a new album, the first in over a decade?

The song Sara is singing, I'd never heard before I did this hub, but I love her story behind writing the song.

And The Lion King was one of my favorite movies from when I was younger, so that song did come to mind for mentioning a kaleidoscope.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Very engaging poem. I see the kalieoscope the same way you do. It does mirror who we are. Voted up+.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Suzette. I think people reflect one another, too, in many ways, even if only in fragments. A kaleidoscope uses mirrors to create something beautiful out of fragments.

Pardon me for not elaborating, but there is a bug on this computer driving me nuts! The virus scanner says all is clear, but all is not well. It keeps opening new tabs or redirecting current ones. And underlining things for ads or downloading things without permission. Think it's time to buy a better virus protection program.


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wordswithlove 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Very lovely, very moving poem. Thank you.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much, wordswithlove. I've been to Pennsylvania only once and quite by accident when we got off the main route we were on while headed to parts West Virginia and Virginia. The result of that experience was a drive down a winding back road with spectacular views of stunning Fall leaves. The coloring of the leaves were so vibrant and beautiful among the hills and twisting roadway that I cannot forget the experience.

I also just looked at your hub profile and followed. Your hubs look interesting. Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of time to peruse them now. I do want to read some, though, so I will be back as soon as I can.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Loved your poem because I love kaleidoscopes and the comparison with life rang so true. The person in the mirror is like a shadow. Loved Nellianna's poem, too. Both you ladies do great work. I wasn't familiar with the Blackhawk song, but I enjoyed it, too. May have to seek out more of his work. Voted up and beautiful.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, MizBejabbers! Blackhawk is a country band that I grew up listening to. I can't think of the lead singer's name, but he has such a unique voice. The particular song I used in this hub is my favorite one of theirs, I think. My 5-year-old likes one called "Big Guitar", though. I love "That's Just About Right" for the message. It celebrates different perspectives and uniqueness.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

so many wonderful images intertwined in this beautiful poetry V+

kim


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Kim! It's gone, it's gone! Think that nasty trojan is finally gone for good! I can reply to you without being sent to another webpage and nothing is trying to download itself. Whoo-hoo!!!!!!!! It was absolutely maddening. LOL

Now that you might think I've lost all my marbles. .. thanks. Lots of images came to mind when I first got the idea for the poem, too. The way everything is subject to interpretation of others, including understanding others and even understanding their understanding of us. . .mosaic-like patterns of life and people and the way it all interacts. .. .the beauty of it all. . .

And then there is of course the various aspects of communication. . . literal gaps in communication due to time or distance. . .misunderstandings or misinterpretations....arguments....etc.

Then I started writing. The truth is, I feel like the 'you' in the first stanza sometimes. It often seems everyone is too preoccupied with their own problems and solving them on their own to notice even the smaller things in the lives of others. Not that fixing problems oneself isn't a good thing or that complaining about ones problems is a good thing. But they're just part of life - minor struggles or more serious, long term ones. The every day things people deal with are a part of who that person is, whether or not the negative is in focus. Anyway, I'm rambling and can't really articulate what I really mean.

I've just had a few people care for me and make it known to me by actions as well as words when I was putting pieces of my heart back together and more or less feeling alone in the process. So that was one other thing on my mind as I wrote and how I would love to return the favor somehow, even if it is being someone like that for someone else.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Hey!

So I am not the only one who gets re-directed???

Glad that you made it through.

Have missed you and your reflections. Smiles.

Kim


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, miss you too. If by re-directed you mean distracted, I do that too! hahaha....But this time I mean literally sent to other websites associated with whatever the bug is. Sometimes it takes me off the page I'm on without warning and other times, it just opens another tab. It also sometimes downloads unwanted things without warning or permission given. I thought it was gone, but I guess I spoke too soon. Some of it appears to be gone, though. The virus scanner said it had three trojans that I got rid of. I hoped that would've solved it all, but apparently not. Sigh.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

I am so sorry that you are having to put up with the net demons as I call them. I am having lots of tech problems--not just with my computer, but with my phone and tv--I live in a pretty rural area, but my neighbor is not having same issues so???

Here's to winning the net-war!

Smiles.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Yes, here's to crushing the demons. Smiles back at ya! Do you by chance have satellite? It could be something interfering with the line of sight of your dish if so. Trees, for instance, often become problems as they grow or leaf out.


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wordswithlove 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

shanmarie, fall is beautiful in these parts. I have a dread of winter personally, but still love the intensity of deepening colors as the trees prepare to shed the leaves.

Unfortunately, I have published very few hubs so far and find that life and rigors of living leave me little time to indulge my own passion for writing. I understand time constraints, so don't worry - read when you can. Thank you for checking out my profile, though, and following me.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

I understand that! I grew up in central IL and the cold is one thing I most definitely do not miss. I do sometimes miss the beauty of the snow and ice when it first falls, though, and I would not mind letting my kids have that experience sometime.

I understand the time for writing as well. I seem to do it in phases. However, sometimes when the urge strikes - I must obey! Or risk forgetting it. Thanks for following me as well.


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wordswithlove 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

You are welcome. I write thoughts on scraps of paper while waiting in the car for my daughter, or in a doctor's office, or while cooking in the kitchen, or waking up in the middle of a dream and grabbing the scraps left on my nightstand. Sometimes, they make their way into my stories and poems, sometimes they just languish a slow, sorry death. I dream of getting some control over my life, someday, so I can follow my writing instinct to where it will lead.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

You will. I think it is like that for many of us here at HP. I have been known to write in the bathtub because that is often my only "me" time and I tend to scribble everything out by hand first anyway. Eventually many of those scraps turn into something.

Anyway, slow progress is better than no progress, right? If you want it, need it, you will.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Dear Shan,

Beautifully expressed and so profound! I truly love this poem with its special meaning as to seeing fragments of ourselves in our friends who share special moments, although different but the same.

I love how you use kaleidoscopes and mirrors as metaphors for those beautiful, yet fragmented reflections of ourselves and special friendships relating the many different colors of life and beauty.

I believe this may be my favorite poem from you, but I love them all.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Hope you are having a lovely weekend so far.

Blessings and hugs always


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Not what I thought it was going to be. ...what a touching poem and a nice surprise. I have always been fascinated by kaleidoscopes.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Yes! That's exactly it. Thank you so much, Faith Reaper. There is a slight urge to call you by your name as so many call each other here anyway, but I just love what your HP user name stands for. I am so glad you like it!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

My mind works in strange ways, Rebecca. That's my niece's name, by the way. Anyway, they are fascinating.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Beautiful poetry very much like the beauty I see in a Kaleidoscope. Jamie


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Jamie!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love this, very beautiful!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Ruby!


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Rai Micheal 2 years ago from Everywhere that isnt on a stand still

I think this is as real as it gets


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Rai Micheal. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

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